How to Make Your Own Cardboard Rocket Ship Playhouse

by Lauren Griffin

With a little imagination, you can transform an old cardboard box into a child's rocket ship playhouse. Large boxes, such as those from refrigerators or ovens make a great space in which children can play. By creating a rocket ship playhouse from old boxes, you can create an eco-friendly toy for your children, while encouraging your children to use their imaginations and create lasting childhood memories.

Items you will need

  • Large cardboard boxes or sheets of cardboard
  • Packaging tape
  • Box cutter or scissors
  • Paint
  • Permanent markers
Step 1

Cut six equally sized sheets of cardboard to create the sides of the rocket. While sheets of about 2 feet wide and 5 1/2 feet tall are recommended, feel free to modify the size to fit the dimensions you'd prefer. For instance, if you have several children, increase the width to 3 1/2 to 4 feet.

Step 2

Tape the sides together to form a hexagon.

Step 3

Form a door by cutting a hole into the front side of the rocket. Make the hole approximately 1 1/2 feet by 2 1/2 feet.

Step 4

Create the nose of the rocket ship with more cardboard. Cut six triangular shaped pieces of cardboard. The bottom edge, which will attach to the top of the sides of the rocket, should be 2 feet wide. The other sides should be approximately 2 1/2 feet long.

Step 5

Tape the 2-foot-long edge of the triangular pieces to the top edge of the rocket ship sides. Then tape the 2 1/2-foot-long edges of the triangular pieces next to the piece next to it, creating a cone-like shape on top of the rocket.

Step 6

Decorate the rocket ship playhouse. Invite the children to add their personal touches by painting the playhouse.

About the Author

Lauren Griffin began writing professionally in 2010. Her articles appear on various websites, specializing in academics, food and other lifestyle topics. Griffin attended Columbia University and holds a Bachelor of Arts in psychology.